May 16, 2011 08:00 ET

Six Suppliers Earn 2011 Service Excellence Awards for Providing Superior Service to VHA Members

IRVING, TX--(Marketwire - May 16, 2011) - VHA Inc., the national health care network, has honored six suppliers for providing superior service to its member health care organizations at its annual Leadership Conference May 15-17, in San Diego, Calif. Based on input from VHA members and VHA and Novation staff, the winners of VHA's 2011 Service Excellence Award are:

Amerisource Bergen, Valley Forge, PA - Named Distributor of the Year, Amerisource Bergen has provided excellent overall performance to VHA and Novation in 2010. Their National Accounts leadership is consistently responsive to supporting Novation and members' needs and their excellent work with VHA's Mid-America, Georgia and Upper Midwest regions is especially noteworthy.

AstraZenica, Wilmington, DE - AstraZenica has earned the Pharmacy Supplier of the Year award. A long-time, strong VHA member resource, AstraZenica has benefitted VHA members with quality NOVAPLUS products and their core branded products while simultaneously delivering on their commitment to maintaining competitive pricing.

Business Interiors by Staples, Framingham, MA - Named Non-Acute Supplier of the Year, Business Interiors by Staples earned their award based on increased sales numbers and their percentage usage increases during the previous twelve-month period.

Medical Action Industries, Brentwood, NY - Non-Pharmacy Supplier of the Year - A long-time Novation supplier, Medical Action works collaboratively to manage price leadership and provide access to additional value through tiered optimization practices. Medical Action participates in multiple Novation initiatives including NOVAPLUS and the Standardization Program.

National Distribution & Contracting, Inc., Nashville, TN - Non-Acute Distributor of the Year: National Distribution & Contracting earned their award based on their increase in the number of sales during the prior twelve-month period in these categories: food, medical/surgical, office, imaging, pharmacy and laboratory.

Xerox, Norwalk, CT - Purchased Services Supplier of the Year -- Working closely with Novation, Xerox has shown a decades-long commitment to quality customer satisfaction and competitive pricing. Xerox continues to demonstrate a collaborative spirit when working with VHA members and delivers timely solutions to assist members in transforming their business.

"Our valued suppliers consistently provide diverse products and services to best satisfy our members' needs," said Scott Downing, executive vice president, sales and marketing, VHA. "Their exemplary diligence, flexibility, reliability and dedication to our members' needs are attributes that have made them worthy of receiving this award."

About VHA -- VHA Inc., based in Irving, Texas, is a national network of not-for-profit health care organizations that work together to drive maximum savings in the supply chain arena, set new levels of clinical performance and identify and implement best practices to improve operational efficiency and clinical outcomes. In 2010, VHA delivered record savings and value of $1.7 billion to members. Formed in 1977, VHA serves nearly 1,350 not-for-profit hospitals and more than 30,000 non-acute care providers nationwide, coordinating delivery of its programs and services through its 16 regional offices. VHA has been listed as one of the best places to work in health care by Modern Healthcare since 2008 and one of the best places to work in IT by Computer World since 2007.

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